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Blackburn v Chelsea: Let's get the job done in style!.

This afternoon Chelsea travel to Ewood Park one season on from the game that was pivotal in Chelsea's fortune's last season. After...

Mar 18, 2010 - Blackburn, United Kingdom - Premier League: Blackburn Rovers 1 v 1 Chelsea.Chelsea's JOHN TERRY at the end of the game.


This afternoon Chelsea travel to Ewood Park one season on from the game that was pivotal in Chelsea's fortune's last season. After the game I called into question Carlo Ancelotti's ideas as Manager of our football club (With my end of season summary about the games leading up that moment and more here) and we all know once the switch to our tried and trusted 4-3-3 formation was made, the rest is history.

Chelsea will turn up to Blackburn today a very different outfit compared to the side that drew 1-1 last season. Sam Allardyce knows it, the Blackburn fans know it and most importantly of all, the Chelsea players know it.

Stamford Bridge, Chelsea v Arsenal , Premier League 03/10/2010 Ashley Cole of Chelsea celebrates with Didier Drogba of Chelsea after Alex scores the 2nd goal 2-0 Photo Marc Atkins Fotosports International Photo via Newscom


We are filled with confidence at the moment and have the potential to smack 3,4 or 6 past teams and it could well be the case today. However it's down to our mentality and how we approach the game today and I really too heart from Carlo's press conference yesterday.

Carlo stated that "we must do better away" and he has it spot on. He also stated that we need to focus on games for 90 minutes and this is where maybe Chelsea have switched off in recent weeks. Expect Chelsea to be up and at it for the whole game today and we all know against Blackburn on their own patch isn't an easy game.

Mar 18, 2010 - Blackburn, United Kingdom - Premier League: Blackburn Rovers 1 v 1 Chelsea.Chelsea's JOHN TERRY.


JT spoke out in the week about teams like Blackburn getting unfair criticism about their game and I also agree with what he had to say and posted about it on here. In that article he stated that "We can't just turn up and expect to get three points because we are Chelsea!" and he is right. This is no easy game.

Blackburn will be looking to get in and around our boys today, to hassle them, to close them down and play to their strengths. Big Sam is underrated in my opinion and has done a great job in steadying the ship first and kicking on from there. One thing about his sides, they will give everything for him and he has made some shrewed signings since he has been at the club. A workman like side, battling for every ball but with threats of their own, Chelsea need to work to win this game.

Sam Allardyce Manager Blackburn Rovers 2010/11 Aston Villa V Blackburn Rovers (3-1) 22/09/10 The Carling Cup 3rd Round Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom


I think it's fair to say Blackburn haven't had the best of starts to the season. With just 9 points this season beating Everton at home, Blackpool away and drawing against Man City, Fulham and Sunderland it's no secret Allardyce has a job on to pick up points today.

That's no disrespect to Blackburn at all. With Chelsea the visitors today they welcome back Samba next to Nelson in the heart of their defence. These two will need to be at their best to cope with Drogba (who wasn't at his best last week and will want to play better today, Anelka (who has scored 10 goals in 14 Premier League games against them) and Florent Malouda who was back amongst the goals last week against Wolves.

Expect Blackburn to pack their midfield and rely on the one up front in Zigic. It will be a battle in midfield today and we need to ensure we get our foot on the ball early and knock it about, get it wide and create Blackburn problems.

With this game in mind and the welcome return of Alex next to JT at the heart of our defence, expect Ivanovic to switch to right back with Bosingwa making way. Alex for Bosingwa is the only change I think Carlo will make as Chelsea look to kick on and take the game to Blackburn.

I think the early stages in the game will go to show what we can expect from the game. Looking at it now Blackburn are lacking confidence, looking over their shoulder at their league position and know they need to do better. Chelsea are flying high, five points clear at the top of the league, have important players returning from injury with Lamps still missing and this will have a major effect on the game.

So it's because Carlo has asked of his players to improve away from home, keep a high tempo for 90 minutes, because John Terry has told the boys we can't just expect to turn up for three points and we need to earn them, because Alex is back at the heart of our defence, because our front three are scoring goals for fun this season and because Blackburn are suffering right now, I can only see a Chelsea win this afternoon.

Its a potential banana skin for us today, but I am 100% confident we will get the job done. Whether it's by a single goal or by bucket loads, a win is a win. Still, it would be nice to do it in style like we did a Wigan!

I am going for 3-0 Chelsea today, Drogba, Malouda and Anelka.
KTBFFH!

Stamford Bridge, Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion, Premier League 14/08/2010 Florent Malouda of Chelsea celebrates his 1st goal with Didier Drogba, John Obi, Nicolas Anelka & Ashley Cole of Chelsea Photo Marc Atkins Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

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